I just got paid to make something out of wood

The company I work for is expanding the office into another part of the building. Between the 2 sections, they want some barn doors. I am going to be the one building them.

This is a great project for me. The construction of the doors isn’t beyond my meager skills nor does it require tooling that I do not own although part of the profits are going to purchase a nice thickness planer as well as a few things just to make life easier.

I have to transport quite a bit of spruce lumber back to my house in the GTI which is actually capable of doing so. I can’t fit a 4x8’ sheet of plywood in it unless I cut it to 2x8’, so a bunch of 1x10s and 1x4s should be no problem.

Doors. How do they work?

Interestingly, the cross braces will be the hardest part. Because of the width of the door, each panel is not a perfect square, thus to get the corners to line up, the board will have to be cut down a little. This is why I budgeted 25% more wood than it is called for.

And yes, I put this in my invoice


I’m also going to get some walnut, hard maple, and some cherry wood to make a few cutting boards for Christmas gifts this year (and some for us as well). Studying up on what makes a good cutting board, I realized people will spend stupid amounts of money on bespoke cutting boards. I mean…  a lot of freaking money. I may have to open an Etsy account.

Finally, for those of you who don’t do the bookface thing, I did this over the weekend

After much trial and error, I realized the table worked better oriented the other way Either I'm going to have to paint the table or strip everything back to bare wood to match

That’s a nightstand for my daughter, made out of scrap birch plywood. It took me about an hour and a half to cut all the pieces and assemble them. I need to veneer the thing & finish it, but construction wise it’s done and very solid.

I also am almost finished with the bench I am working on

Have a seat!

The top needs to be secured as do the rails on the sides, then I have to fill in all the pocket holes, cover the plywood edges, sand, & paint. In a few years, I know I’ll look back at my first real project and go “What in the hell was I thinking???” but for now, I’m happy with the results. Plus, I’ve learned a LOT from doing this.

And I’ve not chopped off any fingers in the process.

I call that a win.

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